Treatment for cancer has come a long way in the past decade. Ten years ago, if you would have been diagnosed with cancer, you may have thought that your life would surely end. Now, thanks to modern medicine, death rates due to cancer are significantly lower. This is all thanks to the various effective cancer treatment methods. Here are just a few methods, their purpose, and their pros and cons.
Some cancers are just large tumors that grow in various parts of the body. These cancers can often be removed with a surgical procedure. Of course, the disadvantage to any surgery is recovery time or the possibility that complications may arise. Once surgery is complete and the tumor is removed, doctors need to keep a close eye on the patient to make sure that new cells don’t grow and divide.
Radiation therapy is often used before, during, and after chemotherapy. Ionized radiation kills the DNA in malignant cells, which is why it is so useful as a curative therapy against cancer. Because the radiant beams have to travel through healthy tissues to reach the malignant cells, there is a chance that this therapy can cause various degenerative side effects to normal skin tissue. To avoid these dangers, the shaped radiant beams are aimed at the tumor cell from several different angles, intersecting at the tumor for a larger dose of ionized radiation to help kill the tumor.
Other Minor Forms of Treatment
These three main therapies help control cancer growth, but there are some minor things you can do for yourself. Your body needs exercise and healthy foods. Don’t stop treating your body the way you should. A little exercise and a healthy diet can go a long way in cancer treatment.